Violence in Philadelphia: the city under curfew again, the National Guard deployed - The Canadian
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Violence in Philadelphia: the city under curfew again, the National Guard deployed

After a lull, the fear of a new conflagration has not disappeared in Philadelphia. A curfew was imposed again on the evening of Friday, October 30, as National Guard forces were deployed in the main metropolis of Pennsylvania after unrest sparked by the death of a black man shot by police on Monday. .

“The curfew will come into effect this evening, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.”, tweeted City Mayor Jim Kenney. “People will only be able to go out to work, if they need medical or urgent help, or to cast their ballot”, he added. A similar curfew had already been introduced Wednesday evening, then lifted Thursday.

The Democratic mayor added that the National Guard had been “Deployed near strategic government buildings or other infrastructure”. Units could also be if needed “Sent to commercial areas”, theater of looting in recent days.

While this predominantly democratic metropolis is already tense as the presidential election on Tuesday approaches, the city councilor stressed that the presence of the national guard was not “Not linked to the elections”, But “To the troubles of this week”.

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The measures come as Philadelphia expects more protests this weekend, amid pre-election tensions and a further rise in covid-19 cases. The unrest began Monday evening, after a video was posted on social media showing the death of a 27-year-old black man, Walter Wallace Jr, shot dead in the street by two police officers in West Philadephia.

Release of new images scheduled for November 4

Police, responding to a family dispute call, said they ordered the man to throw in the knife he was armed with. According to her, Walter Wallace refused to comply with the injunctions of the agents. But according to the family lawyer, the man suffered from bipolar disorder and these disorders, in view of the images of the webcams on board by the police officers, were “Clearly” noticeable during the drama.

These images have not yet been made public. The mayor said on Friday, after consulting with the family, that they would be broadcast on November 4, “Hoping that the delay will ease tensions and distribute these recordings in a constructive way”. The two police officers, whose names were not disclosed, were suspended and an investigation was opened.

The unrest has added to the tensions around this Key state, where Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden string together electoral meetings. The Republican president pointed to the unrest as an example of the inability of large Democratic cities to maintain order.

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